I was - am? - in two minds about this evening's post. Not so much that it's a surprise expose - OMG! Tubby dude in a dress! - but more that I don't really have any burning desire to get anything off my chest. I mean, the week has been good to me - all things considered (half term and all that) - and we're edging ever closer to the warmer rays of summer. There, that's the obligatory weather comment out of the way too. :-)
I 'd like to talk a bit about the recently BBC article on my home town, Nottingham. According to this article, it seems one of the poorer districts of the city, namely The Meadows, is hitting rock bottom. It is, if the media and certain southerners are to be believed, It's Grim Up North. :-)
Really? Well, Nottingham isn't The North, it's the Midlands. Honestly, what do they teach in schools these days? ;-) Mind you, for years, I thought Essex was really the Isle of Dogs, but that's just a weak gag at the expense of breast exposing, orange faced, fluffy haired, over-groomed, barely literate tarts...... and the women are as bad. :-) At least, if your only frame of reference is the cast of TOWIE.
Iffy north/south jibes aside, Nottingham does not have a good press. I like the city and I like the people here. It is a place that can't quite make up its mind over being a city of the north or the south. For anyone who's lived/worked in more northern climes, there is a different attitude - I hasten to add the words 'in general'. Friendlier, or at least chattier. Please note I'm not saying that you can draw a line from the Wash to Bristol and on one side, one half will invite you for tea & biscuits, while the other half will snub you. As I said to Wee Man the other night: 90% of people are okay, 5% really cool and 5% are twits. Neither 'side' is better, just different, I guess.
So, The Meadows - or if you live locally, The Medduz - is an inner city council estate for the most part. If the story is to be believed, it is one of the poorest parts of the UK. Nottingham City Council are saying the figures aren't accurate and have posted a response, which makes for interesting reading. Which one is true? Both? Neither? I can't say. I will say that there are some very deprived areas and from past experience working with the Councils - we have two and I don't know why, but we do - they do try to push resources into those areas. Like most of local governments right now, they're feeling the pinch of the cuts and while I'll not debate such reductions are a good or bad idea, we have them and that's that. What I will say, is that it can't be easy living that close to the breadline.
In some small way, the Jones Clan is a bit like that. On one hand, a set of relatives are very well off and although there's a bit of grumbling about how the firm - BTW, not the firm as in organised crime, okay? :-) - isn't doing so well, said family chap (Lord Jones?) is still very flush. Compare that to another branch of the Jones Massive (not us I should add), who were for a time struggling to keep food in the cupboards. Christmas for them was rather tricky and although we set a rule of 'no more than a tenner' for presents, we cheated and hid extras in their stockings. Mind you, if you win something or someone else gives you it, you didn't pay, so strictly speaking, it's not against the rules is it? :-)
So where is this wandering post getting to? Really? I've no idea. Maybe I should enjoy what I have right now, which isn't a bad start. Maybe, if things go a little pear shaped, it would be good to remember that there are folk not so far from me, who are not as well off.